Mention Peru and most people will visualise dramatic Andean scenery, the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu or the mysterious Nazca lines. What they almost certainly won't be thinking about is hip and happening beach resorts and a great surfing and social scene. Introducing Mancora, a town sitting pretty on a coastline, boasting mile upon mile of beautiful beaches, warm waters and near all year round sunshine. What's not to like?
OK, admittedly the secret's getting out now, but it's a surprise that Mancora has stayed under the radar for so long - the Pan-American highway runs straight through the town!
This is a place with a special alchemy that means the charming fishing village and beaches feel nicely busy but not packed during the days while once the sun is down the night owls turn this into party central. Everyone then heads to the beach to recover the next day and the whole happy process repeats again.
So pack your shades, surfboard and cast iron constitution and demand 'which way's the beach?'